Two small-time (aspiring to be big-time) producers are trying to convince a Chicago businessman to finance half of their show, while the other half is to be financed by a mysterious Mme. Deborah. But when Madame Deborah is not on hand to meet the money-man from Chicago, an ex-prizefighter is dressed to pose as her. Music and dancing provided by Deek Watson and His Brown Dots, 'Big' Sid Catlett and his band, and Ann Cornell and the International Jitterbugs. Drummer Gene Krupa has a drumming cameo. —Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boy! What a Girl! should prove a fascinating find for fans of Tim "Kingfish" Moore
While Boy! What a Girl! is a silly race musical comedy from the late '40s, there's at least one noteworthy thing about it: It stars Tim Moore years before he became well known as George "Kingfish" Stevens on TV's "Amos 'n' Andy". This is his only film role playing a character since he had been a specialty act previously in maybe one or two movies. He's quite funny here in drag pretending to be Mme. Deborah Martin (really Sybil Lewis) in order to secure backing for a show whose co-backer, a Mr. Cummings (Alan Jackson), falls for the pretend Deborah. Also falling for him, er, her is landlord Donaldson (Warren Patterson). All three are a hoot to watch here. Mr. Jackson's daughters, Francine (Sheila Guyse) and Cristola (Betti Mays), are in love with the would-be producers, Jim Walton (Elwood Smith) and Harry Diggs (Duke Williams) and would only be allowed to marry them if the pretend Deborah approves. The real Deborah is watching the whole thing as well as several musical acts hoping to be incognito for a while. That's all I'll mention except that both the comedy and music segments keep the movie running at a breezy hour and 9 minutes. Among the entertaining song spots: Ms. Mays performing "Crazy riffin'", Slam Stewart singing with his trio "Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh" (Slam's most famous composition is "Flat Foot Floogie" which was recently played in The English Patient), Deek Watson-who I previously watched in Abbott and Costello's Pardon My Sarong when he was one of The Ink Spots-doing "Just You Change Your Mind" and "Baby, You're the Cutest One" (His most famous composition is "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"), and drummer Sidney Catlett doing his thing before Gene Krupa-the only white cast member here-replaces him briefly. Anyone interested in a rare comedy find from the race movie era, Boy! What a Girl! is one worth looking for. P.S. In continuing to point out people associated with my birth state of Illinois, Mr. Moore was born in Rock Island, Mr. Catlett died in Chicago in 1951, and Mr. Krupa was born there in 1909.
- Jul 17, 2008
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